Your Roof Is Leaking-What Do You Do
No one likes discovering dripping water from the ceiling after a rainstorm. Obnoxious dripping only means one thing: a leaky roof. Once a leak has occurred, it’s important to get it fixed as soon as possible to avoid severe and pricey damage. Atlas knows that your busy schedule can conflict with getting the problem fixed in a timely manner, so here are a few tips on how to make the inconvenience of a leaky roof as painless as possible.
Protect the Interior From Water Damage
Remove all furniture and household items from the area where water is dripping. Be sure to place a bucket underneath the leak, so the water doesn’t damage your flooring. If there is a water bubble on the ceiling, take a sharp object and poke a hole in the bubble so the pressure is alleviated and the water is not spreading throughout the ceiling.
Once you have prevented interior damage, it is important to inspect your roof as quickly as possible. The difference between waiting 24 and 48 hours could be the difference between a simple repair, and a major, more expensive one.
Inspect Your Roof (Safely)
Getting up on the roof is going to be the only way inspect the extent of the damage, but please be careful! If you’re a rooftop newbie, a good method of finding the damage on a flat roof is to take a garden hose to the top of the roof with you to run water over suspected areas. When leak starts again, you know you have found the damaged zone. While you’re on the roof, check the seal around the vents for cracks and damage to make sure water is not seeping through. Walk along the roof looking for debris that may have blown onto the roof and caused damage.
Consider Your Options
Once you have found the damage, it’s time to find a solution. Something to consider is the age of your roof. If it is relatively new, you can contact the roofers who installed it, and have them come fix it. If the roof is older, it may be time to consider replacing it. If you choose to repair the damage yourself with a patch job, keep in mind that will only be temporary fix. Carefully count the cost of your own repair jobs. If you’re having to continue with DIY roof repair, you’re probably spending too much money fixing an old roof. If a repair job isn’t lasting, it’s time to contact a roofer. Explore your options for repairing or replacing the roof.
Here at Atlas Home Repair, we offer alternatives if you aren’t ready to totally replace your roof. Our elastomeric roof coating option could be just what you need to create a tight seal on your roof, and add 20 years to your roofs lifespan.
Atlas roofers are top notch and professional, and ensure customer satisfaction with their repair jobs. If you find yourself needing professional advice or repairs on your roof, feel free to contact us for more options and to schedule an inspection or a free estimate!